While I had planned on working out my autumn veggie planting, reviewing our water usage and finding new uses for some old stuff lingering in our garage, I’ve also been dealing with some health issues. I’ve tried writing new blog posts for the past few months but just can’t get them together and never end up publishing them. I’m still going strong on my journey to lessen my family’s footprint on earth, but it’s had its ups and downs. Right now I guess you’d call it down. A health issue I’ve been managing has continued to worsen and I’m now having to seek further treatment. Of course, no mum has time to be sick, but I am being forced to stop and really focus on me.
I’ve always been really open and honest with my boys so they know what’s going on. They may not understand but one day they will, and it won’t come as a shock. On my good days I will get the autumn planting sorted and done. I’ve started learning about essential oils and aromatherapy and am loving the gorgeous smells throughout the house. I’ve used natural products from around the home to treat a variety of ailments including bicarbonate soda for mouth ulcers and apple cider vinegar for moluscum contagium on the boys. Both worked great. Tea tree, eucalyptus and clove oil feature regularly in my household cleaning regime and I’m regularly making bone broth among lots of other things.
I’ve repurposed drink coolers, made scented bath salts and tried to dye my hair using honey and cinnamon. I’ve cleared out lots of clutter, made some wonderful compost and our rubbish is now so minimal. I use hankies, bar soap and coconut oil as moisturiser. I drink from reusable coffee cups, use loose leaf tea, make my own orange cleaner, use different types of vinegar for all number of things and walk just about anywhere, picking up rubbish as I go.
I’ve been using what I have and shopping at op shops. I purposely seek alternatives to plastic such as bamboo toothbrushes and straws, brushes and pans, presents and pegs. I’ve learnt some furoshiki (Japanese gift wrapping) and that valentines roses come from Kenya. I made my own vanilla extract and potato Christmas stamps using beetroot dye, and collected seeds from herbs and veggies to use for replanting. Nearly all these things involved the boys. That’s been the best part, learning with them and hearing their thoughts and opinions. They’ve had more fun than I have I think, which is truly wonderful. You can read more about my exploits and adventures on Facebook or see them on Instagram @ecofunmum.
So we continue on our journey, with some more serious life lessons upon us. Well upon me. It’s my health, but we’re all affected. I’ve started seeing a specialist and will know more in the coming weeks. I’m not sure how serious it is, or could become but am remaining optimistic to what it means. In the meantime I’m being much more open and honest with my village. I’m asking for help, and getting it, which will make the entire process of me being out-of-action easier.
I’ll have lots more to write about and learn when I’m well. I’m inspired so often by people I meet or things I read that it’s sometimes hard to make sense of it in a post. Autumn really is a wonderful time of year. It’s when all three of my boys entered this world so we have a few birthdays to celebrate soon. The brilliant colours, cooler weather and a new season of foods to enjoy. Lots to be grateful for and mindful of too. But in the meantime, it’s all about me.
Enjoying my down time.